Youth Group Blocked from Accessing Tooro Kingdom headquarters

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A letter signed by the deputy kingdom premier, Harriet Nyakake, indicates that the kingdom chambers will now be used only by cabinet ministers and members of the kingdom parliament -The Orukurato. The disclosure comes amidst misunderstandings between the youths and a section of palace officials.

Youths from the Kingdom of Tooro have been stopped from accessing chambers at the Kingdom headquarters in Mucwa.

The youths under their umbrella; ‘Amacumu Ne Bitara bya Rukirabasaija' (the king's swords and spears) have been holding meetings in the chambers for close to two years.

However, a letter signed by the deputy kingdom premier, Harriet Nyakake, indicates that the kingdom chambers will now be used only by cabinet ministers and members of the kingdom parliament-The Orukurato. The disclosure comes amidst misunderstandings between the youths and a section of palace officials.

During the last one month, the youth became very critical of Kemigisa whom they accused of interfering in kingdom administration and keeping King Oyo away from his kingdom and subjects.

A source at the kingdom palace in Fort Portal who preferred anonymity told Uganda Radio Network that the decision to lock out the youths was reached during a meeting convened last week.

According to the source, the meeting was attended by the Queen Mother, Best Kemigisa, Nyakake, Jonathan Baguma, King Oyo's personal assistant and Chris Kaijabwango, the kingdom security minister and the head of the kingdom royal guards.

The source further said that authorities were informed that the youths often use their meetings to insult the King and incite the people of Tooro against Kemigisa.

But Edward Kasaija, the chairman of the youth wing says they secured permission from the Omukama of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV to use the office but were blocked following their criticism of the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa.
 
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Kasaija explains that the move is meant to silence the youths who however are determined to maintain a struggle for reforms in Tooro Kingdom.
 
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Last month, the police blocked a meeting of Tooro royal clan elders and youths that was supposed to take place at the kingdom headquarters. This was followed by threats by the kingdom ritual performers who vowed never to perform any rituals at the King's palace.

They argued that there is no need to carry out any rituals since the King is always absent from his kingdom.

When Uganda Radio Network sought a comment from Nyakake, she refused to comment on the matter, saying that she had been stopped from speaking to press.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.